Birds Flying Bike

18 x 30" acrylic on canvas

18 x 30″ acrylic on canvas

What good was a unicycle with no pedals? Not much to most, but the two young birds flying overhead were certainly not most. They saw adventure and entertainment in the one-wheeled contraption – it had more than just ground potential.

They took to the sky, unicycle in tow. Diving and spinning, heaving and whipping the little cycle moved like a gyroscope through a glorious afternoon sky.

May 21 2013 Birds Flying Bike left birdMay 21 2013 Birds Flying Bike bikeMay 21 2013 Birds Flying Bike right bird

Biking Bird

6.25 x 24.5" Acrylic and ink on wood

6.25 x 24.5″ Acrylic and ink on wood

They’d thought him slightly off his rocker and dubbed his antics a waste of time.  What sort of bird rides around on such a wheeled contraption when nest building and worm catching should be one’s priority?

To and fro the carefree bird would pedal, scarf sailing in the wind. For hours he would sometimes ride and when he tired he’d stop, flutter his wings, and dismount smoothly – turning his attention to whatever it was birds of his sort do.

May 14 Biking Bird Head DetailMay 14 Biking Bird bike detail

Adding Some Color to a Black and White World

Color added to original 11 x 14" drawing in Photoshop

Color added to original 11 x 14″ drawing in Photoshop

“Go with the flow,” they had said. So he hopped in his rowboat and waited for a tide. But ponds in the middle of suburbia offer little in the way of waves. He sat at the ready – alert to inspiration. Somehow, though, he couldn’t shake the sense that such a tactic may not garner the grandest results.

All Natural Approach color copy

The tooth had been giving him fits for days now. He’d tried some herbal remedies and ointments but they just weren’t cutting it. After reading up on the issue in Everyday Health Questions Answered; A Guide to Holistic Healing, the progressive lion determined the tooth must go.

While he couldn’t say he was thrilled with the idea of removing his canine, he did feel oddly pleased with his recent choice to switch to a vegan diet – a justification of sorts. As his tooth was being pulled he reflected that, without a doubt, this all natural approach to life was really the best thing he could do for himself.
I drew the original black and white images clear back in July. You can see the rhino here and the lion here.  Today I took the time to add color to the saved images in Photoshop. The results make me smile. I hope you enjoyed!

Arting for 365 Day 359: Hidden Talent

Day 359, 11 x 14 Original ink drawing with Photoshop color addition

Day 359, 11 x 14 Original ink drawing with Photoshop color addition

Goal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

You wouldn’t know it by looking at him. On the surface he always appeared so gruff – half asleep even. Onlookers would see him soaking lazily in the muddy waters and think, “What a bore.”

The cool hippo was anything but. As stars shone above in the wee hours of night the cool hippo came alive. He played a saxophone that rivaled Coltrane. Smooth, silky; the notes flowed from the him like the waters of the Nile. Passers by fell silent with awe wondering where in the world these sounds were coming from?

Day 359 Hidden Talent

Origianl 11 x 14″ ink on paper

Day 359 Hidden Talent Head DetailDay 359 Hidden Talent Sax Detail

Arting for 365 Dat 357: Lured to Chase His Tail

Day 357, ~5 x 7" watercolor and ink on paper

Day 357, ~5 x 7″ watercolor and ink on paper

Goal: To create one piece if art each day for 365 consecutive days

The smartest fish in the sea he was not, but that never did bother him – or anyone else for that matter. His happy-go-lucky demeanor and ability to be easily entertained made him a joy to be around.

The day the easy-going swimmer got his fin caught on a lure might have been a bad one for any other fish, but proved to be an exciting turn of events for him. Rather than fuss and moan about the predicament, he approached the bobbly red adornment as something he could chase after for hours. And that he did.

Arting for 365 Day 320: Woodcock’s Dilemma

Day 320, 10 x 24" Acrylic, ink and paper on canvas

Day 320, 10 x 24″ Acrylic, ink and paper on canvas

Goal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

Many were quick to point out his shortcomings – most of which were physical:

Short and squat.

Bug eyes on the back of his head.

And that beak! They said it looked good on other birds. The hummingbird wore it well.

He brushed such short-sided comments aside, knowing they were wrong.

Now though, with his beak entwined in spindly branches with no hope of untangling, he would rescind one thing.  The hummingbird did wear it better.

Day 320 Woodchuck's Dilemma bird detailDay 320 Woodchuck's Dilemma foliage

Arting for 365 Day 310: Sticks for Wings

Day 310, 10.25 x 15" Ink, paper and acrylic on wood

Day 310, 10.25 x 15″ Ink, paper and acrylic on wood

Goal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

Smart as the  raven was, this new predicament was sure to challenge. For legs like straw and wings of sticks will only get a clever bird so far.

Slightly rattled but with his wits still about him, he paced along the shoreline.

“Think, think,” he cawed

Day 310 Sticks for Wings HeadDay 310 Sticks for Wings Wing

Arting for 365 Day 233: A Different Path


6.25 x 10.25 Ink on paper

Goal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

He recognized long ago that he wasn’t like the others. Physically, he didn’t belong. His stubby antlers never reached a length of more than a few inches. And he honestly didn’t care for foraging or trudging through four feet of snow in the dead of winter.

Not handsome by nature’s standards – that required a six point rack at the least – but sharp as a tack. Numbers were his thing.

So he packed his bags and made his way to the city. Wall Street specifically – where a fine suit and silk tie trumped antlers hands down, and numbers were the name of the game.

Day 233 Head Detail

Arting for 365 Day 229: Trials and Tribulations of a Home Alone Cat


3 x 5″ watercolor and ink on paper

Goal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

It’s a sad life for the neglected cat. Sleeping and eating can only distract for so long. And that ball of yarn lacks entertainment without a human controlling its end.

So you sit and wait. Moping or pacing impatiently until that door finally opens and the humans finally give you the attention you deserve. You purr and snuggle in close. Until you remember…they LEFT you. All day. So you snub them for a moment or two – perhaps taking your anger out on an errant foot swinging above. That will show them you think as you quickly take your place on the nearest lap.

Arting for 365 Day 228: Floating


11 x 14 watercolor, ink and acrylic wash on paper

Goal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

On some far off planet, in some other universe, a child plays and dreams. She imagines a place full of wonderful creatures that move about in beautiful patterns and create sounds that are music to her ears. The creatures, she is certain, are friendly and exciting and imaginative. Most importantly, they love to play.

Imagining what fun they would have, the girl determines she must meet these creatures and so devises a plan. She will build them a home (that also doubles as a spaceship, of course) and attach a balloon to carry it into the atmosphere. It would float and she would wait. Patiently. For her new friends to arrive.

Day 228 Floating Detail